Because the average employee will spend over 1500 hours every year in their workspace, choosing office furniture is an important part of creating a productive, functional and positive work environment. Whether you are upgrading your existing space or planning from the start, here are a few tips that will help you in choosing the right furniture for your space.
COST. Office furniture is an investment. Determining a realistic budget is extremely important. Your budget will be what determines your bottom line, it will help you narrow down choices and make decisions about where you can cut corners and what items are absolutely needed in your furniture choices.
QUALITY AND COMFORT. Choosing furniture that is comfortable is something your employees will appreciate, but it is also important to choose furniture that is of high quality and from a reputable supplier. By investing in high quality furniture that is also ergonomically designed for the comfort of your employees, it will be a cost-effective measure that will save you money in the long run. Lower quality furniture will not last as long and repairs and replacements can really add up.
BRAND AND CULTURE. After you have considered cost and quality and comfort of your furniture, you should consider the impact your furniture choices will have on your brand and culture. Ask yourself: Are my furniture selections reflecting the organization’s core values and brand? Because furniture is one of the most important investments that you will make, it should be a brand messenger and a reminder to clients and employees of how important they are to your company.
FLEXIBILITY. One of the best ways to get the most out of your investment is by purchasing furniture with multiple functionalities. Furniture that is flexible is a great choice for any floor plan and it will positively impact employee outcomes (and make your employees happier too!)
Finding the right furniture for your space can be an overwhelming task. Because of the many options available to you in purchasing furniture, it is best to find an experienced team of professionals that can help you narrow down your options and create a space that is beautiful, cost-effective and a positive, productive work environment for your staff.